Youngstown State University’s Association of Professional/ Administrative Staff recently donated $500 to the Boys & Girls Club of Youngstown.
The funds were the result of a grant awarded to APAS from the Northeast Ohio Education Association. Half of the money will be used to help supplement the Boys & Girls Club library with additional books, educational DVDs and software.
The remaining funds will be used to purchase seeds, plants, soil and other materials for the Boys & Girls Club’s 2014 Garden Club, a program that helps teach students about how to grow a successful garden as well as the importance of proper nutrition and healthy eating habits.
Susanne Miller, grants coordinator, recently presented the funds to Ruthie King, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club.
“Our organization has a long-standing commitment to giving something back to the Youngstown community, and it is especially gratifying to help the Boys & Girls Club of Youngstown, as they offer such outstanding programs for youth in the area,” she said.
YSU APAS President Michael Glonek added, “We couldn’t be happier to help fund these important programs.”
King said: “Now that spring has arrived, our kids are really excited about planting their vegetable garden, and look forward to enjoying those veggies in the fall. Also, the funds to help expand our library will especially be appreciated, and we will be purchasing some much needed educational software.”
The Boys & Girls Club of Youngstown is at 2105 Oakhill Ave.
The club’s mission is dedicated to providing programs and services in a safe, supervised environment and to inspiring and enabling all young people to realize their full potential as caring, productive and responsible citizens.